Thursday, June 4, 2009

a cry for help!

This is for all you mom's out there who know what's up. I need your help! My little angelic boy, to our dismay, has completely given up his go-to-bed-without-a-fuss-and-sleep-blissfully-til-8-in-the-morning schedule... for a scream-like-a-banshee-nightlight-door-open-insecure-needy-wake-up-numerous-times-a-night-5AM-wake-up-call schedule! We've tried everything to get him back to norm, but after two weeks of this shiz we have pretty much decided this new Jack is here to stay. Two nights ago we tried a combo of nightlight+door open+mama's pillow+sock monkey. It seemed to make a small dent in the night wakings, and he slept for an extra 45 minutes this morning. Um, that's a score to me. But what I'm wanting to ask is this... Even though we've never actually played music or lullabies for him at night, I think I would be willing to try it.

Do any of you have a suggestion for good kids lullabies or peaceful instrumental music?
Seriously, let me know... any and all recommendations are greatly appreciated!

(And, don't you even think about suggesting I lay down with him in the bed....
Homey don't play dat! Mama likes the night life. I like to boogie.)

3 comments:

down and out chic said...

i'm sorry i can't help you but good luck. have a happy weekend.

Beyond Blessed in GA said...

Music never really helped for either of my two, but a story on tape/cd works ok for Landon (he;s 4). As a kid, we liked hearing our Grandpa tell stories on tape, I've yet to make one (or have a grandparent make one) for Landon to try though.

Believe it or not, I understand about not wanting to lay down. I've been at it for 4 years, and I'm sort of over it. My kids arent though...Unfortunately I dont see an end in sight with this new arrival putting us back at the beginning!

Is there any hope of getting him back on his nap? You know the "sleep begets sleep" saying from Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

Good Luck, Christy!

Jennifer Cummings Sewell said...

I hear you girl... I have been there a few times.

It may be time to turn everything topsy-turvy and go ahead and move him into a twin bed to start a new night time routine.

Let the night-night process last about 30-45 minutes. Turn off the tv and dim all the lights... turn on some light classical music... read a few low-key books... tell a bedtime story... and tuck in the little sweetie for a good night's sleep. If he gets up, put him back...

Super Nanny has a book that outlines her technique for bedtime issues. You should go and check it out.

I have a CD somewhere... of Classical Chill Out music. I'll find it for you.

Love you... and I love the night life and I like to boogie.

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